Welcome to my stop on the book tour for Deadstar by Nick Griffiths. Thank you to Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite!! Check out all the info and my book review, and let me know what you think.
What’s it like to reach for the stars, but end up floating in a tin can?
Garth Tyson wanted to be the next David Bowie. He fell short. Waaaay short. Burnt out, he fled the stage at Glastonbury ’85, having been pelted with mud, and was never seen again.
You’re familiar with the stars of this era: the Adam Ants, Duran Durans and Depeche Modes – musicians who successfully navigated punk and New Wave to become icons.
Bet you’ve never heard of Garth Tyson – singer, brother, dreamer. Stallholder.
That’s why we’re here.
Decades after Garth’s disappearance, former bandmates, friends, relatives, lovers, music-biz execs and two fans (you try finding more) reunite to tell Garth’s compelling, tragicomic tale. Can any shed light on what really happened to him?
Not everyone appears willingly. Here’s Garth’s 80-year-old mother, Doreen Thyssen: ‘I don’t like people who dig dirt. Fuck off.’ The charmer.
Loved Daisy Jones? Try this perfectly squalid British version.
I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, but I am so glad I took the chance! It’s much different than anything I’ve read recently and it was incredibly addicting. I found myself saying, “one more chapter,” until I’d finished the book in one day.
I love the layout of the story and I found it humorous throughout. It’s also very compelling. Nick Griffiths’ writing style is detailed and different. This whole story is narrated by a journalist and told through a series of interviews with people involved in Garth Tyson’s life.
I loved the stories of the band. It was so easy to picture everything that was being said. I was transported back in time. I enjoyed the humor and the intrigue of the entire plot.
Desdstar was a surprising and fantastic read that I highly recommend giving a shot!
Thank you to Zooloo’s Book Tours for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and unbiased
Nick Griffiths first printed work was a review of The Shamen, in Sounds, dated November. The once psychedelic band had gone house and he simply didn’t understand. After Sounds – his music weekly of choice throughout his youth, so a dream come true – he was headhunted for the launch of Select magazine, for whom he wrote reviews and
features, involving a brief but swoonsome meeting with his all-time hero, David Bowie. David gently advised Nick to given Lodger another listen, so he did. Moving on to women’s and computer games magazines by the mid-1990s, Nick settled
freelancing for the Radio Times and Daily Mail, reviewing TV shows and interviewing their
stars, too numerous to mention. He became Radio Times’ Doctor Who correspondent after
the show’s return in 2005, which led to him being commissioned by Gollancz/Orion to write
his first book, a memoir about growing up as a Doctor Who fan, titled Dalek I Loved You
A Whovian travelogue, Who Goes There, followed, from Legend Press, who also published
Nick’s comic novels, In the Footsteps of Harrison Dextrose and Looking for Mrs Dextrose.
Having also written freelance for several of the national broadsheets, Nick quit journalism in
2011 to move from London to Cornwall (where his wife grew up), with his young family.
Since 2014 he has been running the vintage-lighting shop, Any Old Lights, in Fowey, but
really missed writing. Hence his first book in ten years: DeadStar.
DeadStar, a fictional music oral history, set during punk and New Wave, launches on 25
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